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Everything You Need to Know About the SAT/ACT Essay

Prepping for the SAT or ACT is not usually a student's idea of a good time, but when it comes to the essay section there is plenty to celebrate. Both SAT and ACT essays are optional, which means you can register to take the SAT or ACT and opt out of writing the essay....

Staying Connected During COVID

The year 2020 has brought many changes for high school students, from virtual learning to social distancing. While virtual learning has been successful for some and challenging for others, social distancing has been a struggle for almost all high schoolers. Months of...

The 123s of College Admissions During COVID

Tri-Ed Tutoring's Founder and Director Amanda Paldao interviewed Victoria Turner Turco, owner of Turner Educational Advising and co-creator of Applying to College 123, to discuss changes in this year's college admissions process during COVID-19. Q: With so many test...

Top Three Concerns with Educational Testing

She's just lazy. He's not motivated. School is not her thing. These labels and perceptions can not only hurt, they can be 100% inaccurate. Students with undiagnosed learning disabilities may appear to be slacking off when their brains are simply unable to process...

How to Request Accommodations for the SAT or ACT

You might be surprised at the number of accommodations available for standardized test takers. The long list includes familiar accommodations for students with learning disabilities, such as extended time and added breaks, as well as accommodations for students with...

Back to School: Making the Most of Virtual Learning

The start of this school year will not look like the others. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on public education as all Virginia schools closed abruptly in March and many will begin two weeks late this year. Instead of taking that bus ride to school Monday...

SAT Prep for High School Freshmen and Sophomores

Prepping for the SAT or ACT two to three months before the test date can feel a little overwhelming. That's why parents ask us all the time how their students can get a jumpstart on test prep freshman and sophomore years of high school. There are certainly ways to...

Planning for Success: Setting Career Goals, Part 4

The difference between a senior in high school considering a major for the first time and a middle school student setting career goals is the process in which they make the decision. If you have not thought much about your future before heading off to college, you...

It’s Time to Apply for College… is it Smart to Apply Early?

Regular admissions, rolling admissions, early decision, early action… all of these terms refer to college application deadlines. Unfamiliar with the college lingo? Take a few moments to read our previous blog post and learn all about each deadline option. Then, read...

Community Service During COVID-19

Community service is noticeably different now with many organizations and non-profits closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't still serve the community. It just requires a little time and creativity. Beyond the desire to serve others...

Staying Connected During COVID

The year 2020 has brought many changes for high school students, from virtual learning to social distancing. While virtual learning has been successful for some and challenging for others, social distancing has been a struggle for almost all high schoolers. Months of...

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Community Service During COVID-19

Community service is noticeably different now with many organizations and non-profits closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn't mean you can't still serve the community. It just requires a little time and creativity. Beyond the desire to serve others...

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Why Take the SAT in a Test Optional World?

Since its inception in 1926, the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) has encountered its fair share of controversy, from a lack of equity to skepticism regarding its validity in predicting a student's success in college. Over the past few years, more and more colleges have...

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The Benefits of Online Tutoring

I admit that, when it comes to tutoring, I am old school. I like meeting with a student face-to-face, sitting down at the kitchen table or grabbing a latte at a local coffee shop with a ten pound pile of books. Prior to COVID-19, online tutoring felt more like a...

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Learning Outside the Classroom

With the closure of Virginia schools from mid-March to August due to the coronavirus pandemic, students will have five months off from in-person classroom instruction. The structure and support schools provide students will be sorely missed, and the risk of falling...

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Virtual Learning- It Just Got Real!

As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps through the nation, the disruption and chaos it has caused can be felt in every facet of our lives. Requirements of social distancing have wreaked havoc on the public school system, resulting in school closures for at least a month....

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